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Buff-breasted Paradise-Kingfisher

(Tanysiptera sylvia)
Alternate name(s): "White-tailed Kingfisher", "Racquet-tailed Kingfisher"
Size: ca. 35 cm (male; incl. tail streamers [13 cm]), ca. 30 cm (female); wing span 34-35 cm
Weight: 40-60 g
Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Buff-breasted Paradise-Kingfisher at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

Race "sylvia"

ADULT

MALE

Frontal view of a male Buff-breasted Paradise-Kingfisher (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Kingfisher Park, Julatten, QLD, November 2018]

Near-lateral view of a male Buff-breasted Paradise-Kingfisher (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Kingfisher Park, Julatten, QLD, November 2018]

Near-lateral view of a male Buff-breasted Paradise-Kingfisher - note the extraordinary length of the tail streamers
(photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Kingfisher Park, Julatten, QLD, November 2018]

Near-lateral view of a male Buff-breasted Paradise-Kingfisher (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Kingfisher Park, Julatten, QLD, November 2018]

Near-lateral view of a wet male(?) Buff-breasted Paradise-Kingfisher (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Kingfisher Park, Julatten, QLD, November 2018]

Lateral view of a male Buff-breasted Paradise-Kingfisher (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Kingfisher Park, Julatten, QLD, November 2018]

Lateral view of a male Buff-breasted Paradise-Kingfisher (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Kingfisher Park, Julatten, QLD, November 2018]

Near-dorsal view of a male Buff-breasted Paradise-Kingfisher (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Kingfisher Park, Julatten, QLD, November 2018]

Dorsal view of a male Buff-breasted Paradise-Kingfisher (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Kingfisher Park, Julatten, QLD, November 2018]

FEMALE

Near-frontal view of a female Buff-breasted Paradise-Kingfisher; note the, compared to the males shown above, somewhat shorter tail streamers (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Kingfisher Park, Julatten, QLD, November 2018]

Near-frontal view of a female Buff-breasted Paradise-Kingfisher (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Kingfisher Park, Julatten, QLD, November 2018]

Dorsal view of a female Buff-breasted Paradise-Kingfisher (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Kingfisher Park, Julatten, QLD, November 2018]

Breeding information

Breeding season: Oct - Jan Eggs: 3 - 4 Incubation period: 26 - 28 days Fledging age: 26 - 29 days

Nest building: (?)Female & male Incubation: Female & male Dependent care: Female & male

Nest

"bungobittah", "malunna" = nest [Aboriginal]

Type: Tunnel Material: Arboreal termite mound Height above ground: 1 - ? m

Entrance to a Buff-breasted Paradise-Kingfisher nest in a low termite mound in tropical rainforest (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Kingfisher Park, Julatten, QLD, November 2018]

Eggs

"boyanga", "booyanga", "derinya", "dirandil", "koomura", "ngampu", "nooluk", "pateena" = Egg; "dirundirri" = eggs [Aboriginal]; "gawu" = eggs [gamilaraay]

Size: 25 x 22 mm Colour: Lustrous white Shape: Oval

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